According to John Fay, JoeyMVP has decided to play for Team Canada in the World Baseball Classic.
Joey Votto will play for Team Canada in the World Baseball Classic. He will join the team Wednesday. He won’t play against the Reds in Wednesday’s game.
Look here for updates later.
UPDATE: Mark Sheldon has this quote from Votto:
“I look forward to playing for the team,” Votto said. “I look forward to being a part of the tournament. I had a great time the last time. I’m very grateful I’m on the team. It’s not very often you get to represent your country in a big tournament like this. I never got to play in the Olympics, this is the next best thing.”
Sheldon adds this:
Votto said he received support to play from the Reds, including CEO Bob Castellini. He expects to play at first base and DH, splitting time with Twins 1B Justin Morneau.
My quick reaction to this is generally positive. I don’t think Votto would risk playing in the WBC if he was feeling any pain or hesitation with his knee. He’s been hitting well so far this spring, including a powerful opposite-field home run. Maybe it’s time to move past thinking about his injury last year.